About Mark Loewen

Mark is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist in Richmond, VA. He is the founder and CEO of LaunchPad Counseling, a private practice that aims at helping children and adults find happiness and peace of mind by discovering strength inside themselves to improve their lives.
20 02, 2017

When Leaving the Past Behind Ain’t Easy

By | February 20th, 2017|Adults|0 Comments

Like the maw of a monster from a horror movie, your past suddenly and unexpectedly grabs a hold of you, ready to suck you down and drown you. Anguish, frustration, resentment, and pain swamp you and drag you to the depths of despair. It’s a struggle of life and death – at least that’s how [...]

11 01, 2017

Am I a Good Parent?

By | January 11th, 2017|Parent Coaching, Parents|2 Comments

Maybe not perfect. But at least a good parent? Every parent asks this question at least once, more likely every day. Your child’s answer may vary widely depending on when you last let her have dessert. Your best friend will likely give you a positive answer but the stranger who witnesses your child's meltdown at the [...]

5 09, 2016

How to Make Your Coming Out Easier on Yourself (and Everyone Else)

By | September 5th, 2016|LGBT|0 Comments

  Coming out as LGBTQ  to family or friends may seem daunting What will their reaction be? Will I be accepted for who I am? Will they be disappointed? How will I respond to their reactions? These are very valid before coming out. You may not know the answer if you don’t make that terrifying [...]

19 08, 2016

Is It More Than Stress? 10 Signs to Watch For

By | August 19th, 2016|Adults, Anxiety, Depression, Health, Trauma|0 Comments

  Everyone experiences stress in their life. But have you wondered if your feelings of anxiety or sadness are more than just stress? Knowing the signs can be helpful to getting the help you need. In this post, you’ll find a checklist therapists use to assess if you are more than just stressed. Sign #1: [...]

10 07, 2016

7 Powerful Ways to Manage Anxiety

By | July 10th, 2016|Adults, Anxiety, Depressed, Depression, Health|1 Comment

Anxiety affects nearly twenty percent of the U.S. population. Yet, as common as it is, anxiety also highly treatable. In fact, there are many simple ways for you to feel more relaxed, starting now. Try these tried-and-true methods for a calmer life: 1. Get Up, Stand Up Research shows that sitting can increase anxiety. Sedentary activities [...]

27 06, 2016

#WeAreOrlando: Trauma in the LGBT Community

By | June 27th, 2016|Depression, LGBT, Trauma|0 Comments

The recent violent events in Orlando highlight an important issue for the LGBT community. Namely, that so many in the community experience trauma, whether large or small. When triggered, it can bring up all kinds of emotions. It is important, therefore, that you talk about these feelings instead of bottling them up inside. Otherwise, they can come [...]

15 01, 2016

A Test for Kids with ADHD?

By | January 15th, 2016|ADHD, Children, Play Therapy|0 Comments

Many parents, confronted with their child’s high levels of impulsivity and general inability to stay focused, are concerned about the possibility of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. At LaunchPad Counseling in Richmond VA, we use the Conners 3 assessment. It is an effective way to test for this disorder, as well as other problem [...]

16 09, 2015

First steps when you suspect ADHD

By | September 16th, 2015|ADHD, Children, Parent Coaching|0 Comments

Confronting the possibility that your child is struggling with ADHD can be upsetting. Knowing what to look for, and what you can do, puts things into greater perspective. In addition, it helps to know that children with ADHD have specific strengths that help them overcome their diagnosis. What to Look For The symptoms of Attention [...]

31 03, 2015

Could Your Child Have Anxiety? Watch For These Key Signs

By | March 31st, 2015|Anxiety, Children, Parents, Teens|3 Comments

6 Childhood Anxiety alerts to help you identify what’s worrying your child. Why is it so difficult to calm your child's inner alarm? What will soothe her sense of impending doom? You can see that your child is sad, afraid. Whatever is happening is more than moodiness and deeper than typical childhood fear. Words like "fidgety," "tense," "high [...]

8 11, 2014

Are You Raising Kind Kids?

By | November 8th, 2014|Anxiety, Children, Parents, Teens|0 Comments

This week LaunchPad Counseling  was quoted on cafemom.com  in an article called 5 Ways to Raise Kind Kids.  The reporter contacted me a few days before the blog article came out, and asked for suggestions for parents. I gave her a list of about five things, of which she used two in her article. So, I thought [...]

2008 Libbie Ave, Ste 101, Richmond VA | 804.665.4681 | Schedule an Appointment Now